Project Description

The Last Polar Bears

by Harry Horse

Grandfather and Roo, a remarkable little dog with strong views and a short attention span, is off on an expedition to the North Pole to find the Last Polar Bears.

Grandfather and Roo endure storms, high seas, a temperamental sea captain, and seasickness until the ship reaches Walrus Bay. In a primitive coastal town, Grandfather gets in a game of golf, but unscrupulous wolves plague him and Roo. Finally, Grandfather, Roo, and a penguin companion head off on foot to find the Great Bear Ridge, home to the Last Polar Bears.

Author-illustrator Harry Horse tells this hilarious, original story through a series of letters written by Grandfather to his grandchild. Horse’s winsome pen-and-ink illustrations capture the charmingly eccentric personalities of Grandfather and his delightful canine companion and the amusing calamities that befall them. The result is a fanciful tale that will delight young and old alike.

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Format: Hardcover
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-379-5
Publication Date: 10/1/2007
Page Count: 96
Size: 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English

AR Level: 5.0
F&P: GRL P, Gr 3, Genre F
Lexile: 850L
Themes: Arctic Exploration, Fantasy, Letters, Travel


“This chapter book is a practical introduction to independent reading. The theme of global warming is subtle but clear and could inspire rich classroom conversations or lessons. The late cartoonist’s silly annotated black-and-white illustrations are sprinkled throughout, each letter adding additional humor to the zany fantastical adventure, which includes a pack of singing drunken wolves, a snow poet and frozen seagulls. Quirky with a message.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Horse’s droll wit extends to his delicate pan-and-ink illustrations, which keep the spotlight trained on the emotive Roo and her animal co-stars.” ―Publishers Weekly


Flicker Tale Children’s Book Awards (Nominee, Intermediate Books) ―North Dakota Library Association, 2008-2009

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Harry Horse wrote and illustrated many books for children, including the popular Little Rabbit picture books and several Middle Grade novels. He was also a political cartoonist for several national newspapers in the United Kingdom. He passed away in 2007.